BRENNEMAN - George Brenneman who was born in Rush Creek township, Fairfield county, O., on the 11th day of May, 1821. On the 3d of December, 1840, he united in marriage with Anna Burkholder, of Knox county, who survives him. He was the father of ten children, five of whom are still living. Some time after his marriage Bro. Brenneman and his wife both united with the Mennonite church, in Fairfield county, where they were at that time residing. In 1849 he was chosen and ordained to the ministry. In the spring of 1854 he removed, with his family, to Putman county, on the place where he resided to his death. In the same spring (1854) he was chosen and ordained to the office of bishop, which office he filled to the time of his death. He died on the 13th of May, aged 68 years and 3 days, manifesting unto the end and strong and confiding faith in Christ. When asked regarding his hopes of eternal life, he replied that he was perfectly resigned to the will of God, and that whenever it was the will of God to call him he was willing to go. At one time when in the night after he was engaged in prayer to God in deep contrition of heart, he saw before him a white path and Jesus standing at the farther end smiling toward him. When his older brother, also very feeble, came to see him on the Sunday before his death, he asked him regarding his hopes of the future he said, "They are as bright as ever." He was buried on the 15th, on which occasion funeral services were conducted by John F. Funk, of Elkhart, Ind., from 2 Tim. 4:6-8. A large concourse of friends were present. The loss sustained by his death is deeply felt by the sorrowing companion and children, as well as by the church for which he ministered so long; but their loss is his eternal gain. May a kind heavenly Father grant us grace to hold out faithful unto the end, and at last to enter into the rest remaining for the people of God, and there to meet those "Not lost, but gone before."
CORRELL - On the 6th of May, at his residence in Arcadia, Hamilton county, Ind., of consumption, Bro. John S. Correll, aged 58 years, 6 months and 6 days. Funeral services were held in the M.E. church at Arcadia, by _____ McElwee, of Cicero, and J.S. Coffman, of Elkhart. The deceased was born in Lancaster county, Pa., came with his parents to Indiana in 1838, and lived in Arcadia since 1842. He retired from business on account of ill heath, and was for years a constant but very patient sufferer. About the year 1863 he united with the Dunkard church. Over a year ago he made application for membership in the Mennonite church and was received. He stated that he was always at heart in faith and sympathy with this church. His was an exemplary life for patience, submission and entire consecration. He was a bright example for his family, for which he had much concern; but he longed to leave this world and be with Jesus, and gladly welcomed the hour of his departure. May he ever enjoy that fullness of bliss that he anticipated and longed for.
LEATHERMAN - On the 7th of May, near Wakarusa, Ind., of cancer of the stomach, Rachel, daughter of John and Sarah Shaum, of Wayne county, Ohio, and wife of Isaac Leatherman, aged 58 years, 1 month and 13 days. The deceased professed faith in Christ and united with the church about the year of 1856. She was a great sufferer the last few years of her life, but waited patiently for the end. Of fourteen children eleven are living. May the Lord richly bless them and our deeply bereaved brother. Buried at North Union where services were held by Daniel Brenneman and John S. Coffman.
KURTZ - On the 4th of April, near Churchtown, Lancaster county, Pa., Elizabeth, widow of the late John K. Kurtz, aged 59 years, 3 months and 18 days. She was a faithful member of the Amish church and has an abiding hope in Christ. She leaves two children and five step-children, one brother and three sisters to mourn their loss. She was buried on the 8th. Services by G. Kerr and A.A. Arthur in English, and Samuel Lantz, F. Mast, and Gideon Stoltzfus in German. "Our mother dear is now at rest, she's gone to be forever blest, With all who have their robes made white and shine in heaven's refulgent light."
BERKEY - On the 8th of May, near Smithville, Wayne county, Ohio, Andrew Berkey, aged 75 years, 5 months and 16 days. Bro. Berkey led a quiet life and was an esteemed neighbor. He died with a living hope of eternal life. He was buried on the 10th at the Oak Grove meeting house. Services by J.K. Yoder and Elias Schrag.
SMELL - On the 11th of May, in Bucks Co., Pa., Wilmer, son of Edward and Mary Smell, aged 7 months and 10 days. Buried at Deep Run. Services by S. Godshalk and John Gross. Dearest Wilmer, thou hast left us; without thee we lonely feel. But the precious hope to meet thee - this will all our sorrows heal. S.G.
BEYERLY - On the 5th of May, in Newton, Lancaster county, Pa., Widow Anna Beyerly, aged 77 years, 3 months and 3 days. She was buried on the 8th at the U.B. church in Newton. Funeral services from Isa. 38:1.
HUNSBERGER - On the 19th of May, in Leighton township, Allegan county, Mich., of inflammation of the bowels, Libby, daughter of Bro. Amos Hunsberger, aged 23 years, 11 months and 11 days. She was buried at the Gaines U.B. church. Services by C. Wenger. The deceased felt the need of a Savior in her last hours, and although in the eleventh hour, we still have reason to believe that she was accepted and is now at rest; yet it is a solemn and earnest warning to all to prepare in time.
KURTZ - On the 11th of May, in Delaware township, Juniata county, Pa., Frances Kurtz, aged 65 years, 2 months and 1 day. She was a faithful member in the Mennonite church for many years, and leaves one son to mourn the loss of an affectionate mother. Buried at Delaware meeting-house. Services by Jacob and William Graybill from Rev. 7:17 and Matt. 15:6.
RICHSEL - On the 20th of May, near Dalton, Wayne county, Ohio, of the infirmities of old age, Sister Elizabeth Richsel, aged 91 years, 7 months and 21 days. She was a beloved sister in the church and a faithful mother. In 1821 she came with her husband to America, settling on the so-called Sonnenberg in Wayne county, Ohio, where she remained until her death. Her husband died on the 14th of May, 1871. Out of a family of 15 children 9 survive her. Her posterity numbered 165 souls - 83 grandchildren, 64 living, 65 great-grandchildren, 57 living, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was buried on the 22nd in the Sonnenberg graveyard. Services by Chr. Sommer and Jacob Nusbaum, the latter from 1 Cor. 15:55-58.
HOOVER - On the 5th of May, in Salunga, Lancaster Co.,
Pa., of inflammation of the bowels, Magdalena, wife of
Jacob L. Hoover, aged 66 years, 2 months and 18 days. Her sickness
was short. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for
many years. She was free from all worldly cares and longed to
be at rest with her Savior. She spoke of going home, bade her
kind husband soon to follow. Oh, how comforting to the bereaved
husband and brother to believe that his dear companion is at rest
in the home of the blest, where he may, perhaps, soon meet her,
where there will be no more sorrow, but joy at God's right hand.
What a happy meeting that will be. May the grace of God help us
all to be ready when he calls. Funeral services May the 8th at
the Old Brethren M.H. in Salunga, by J.N. Brubaker and _____ Longnecker.
Buried at Landisville M.H.
Dear uncle's heart is well nigh broke, aunt's death has caused a heavy stroke;
Friends and neighbors, true and kind, help stay the sorrows of his mind.
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Kind friends, to one and all I say, with Jesus we walk and come his way,
That we may all in Heaven be, and meet in blest eternity.
KAUFFMAN - On the 7th of May, near Neshannock Falls, Lawrence Co., Pa., of paralysis of the heart, Bro. Ezra Kauffman, aged 23 years, 10 months and 1 day. He was buried on the 9th. Services were held in the Amish church near his residence, from 2 Cor. 5:1-10; Hebrews 9:27, 18, by John R. Zook. Ezra Kauffman was married to Salome Kurtz on the 5th of January of this year. He was a brother in the Amish Mennonite church. He was sick but a short time, and his death was very unexpected. Many sorrowing friends followed the remains to the grave.
KING - On the 12th of May, at her residence in Wilmington township, Lawrence Co., Pa., of erysipelas, Anna King (maiden name Zook), widow of Bishop Shem King, aged 65 years, 8 months and 12 days. She was married to Shem King January 20, 1842; was the mother of 10 sons and 1 daughter. Two sons and a daughter died in childhood; all the surviving sons attended the funeral. Buried on the 14th of May, in the Amish Mennonite burying-ground, near New Wilmington. Many friends and relatives met to pay their last respects to one who was a faithful sister in the Amish Mennonite church, a kind mother and devoted Christian. Services by John K. Yoder, of Wayne Co., O., and John R. Zook, from John 14:1-6.
HOFFMAN - May 14th, in Landisville, Lancaster county, Pa., of cancer, Sister Catharine Hoffman, widow, aged 74 years, 8 months and 23 days. Funeral on the 17th. Buried at Landisville meeting-house. Sister Hoffman as a modest and consistent member of the old Mennonite church.
BLOSSER - On the 19th of May, in Knoxville, Tennessee,
of something similar to flux, Mary Agnes, daughter of Abraham
and Miriam Blosser, aged 28 years and 22 days. She was buried
in the Mennonite graveyard, near Concord. Services by H.H. Good,
from Acts 10:34, 35, which were listened to by a large number
of sympathizing friends. This is another loud call to the young.
Mary was sick only about five days. She had once professed religion,
but had never united with any church. Truly, in the midst of life
we are in death.
"Sister, thou was mild and lovely, gentle as the summer breeze;
Pleasant as the air of evening when it floats among the trees."
BRUBACHER - May 10th, in Rapho township, Lancaster county, Pa., Benjamin Harrison, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Brubacher, aged 6 months and 25 days. Funeral on the 12th. Text, Acts 17:30. Buried at Ehrisman's meeting-house.
KRATZ - On the 9th of May, near Chalfont, Bucks county, Pa., of paralysis, Abraham Kratz, aged 72 years, 1 month and 14 days. He had been greatly afflicted some five years and during that tine he could not lie down, but bore his afflictions with patience and manifested an earnest desire after the living bread which cometh down from heaven, and comforted himself with the precious promises of God, looking forward to the time of his redemption. He was buried at Line Lexington, where a large concourse of relatives and friends were gathered. Services by _____ Wells, J. Walter, Isaac Rickert and H. Rosenberger. He leaves a sorrowing companion and children to mourn their loss, which we hope and trust is his eternal gain.
KING - On the 3d of April, in Clinton township, Fulton county, Ohio, Elizabeth King, aged 91 years, 7 months and 21 days. She was confined to her bed for a long time and was almost helpless. She was buried on the 5th in the Amish graveyard. She was a sister in the Amish Mennonite church. Services by Chr. Freyenberger, Chr. Stucky and D. Wyse, from 2 Pet. 3:12-15.
MILLER - On the 28th of March, in LaGrange county, Ind., Ida, daughter of John and Elizabeth Miller, aged 2 years, 3 months and 8 days. She was taken to Fulton county, Ohio, on the 29th, as the parents were about to move to Fulton county on the same day. On the 30th it was buried in the Amish Mennonite graveyard. Services by Chr. Freyerberger, D. Wyse and Chr. Stucky from Luke 18:16, 17.
LEHMAN - On the 12th of March, in German township, Fulton county, Ohio, Benjamin Lehman, aged 21 years, 3 months and 26 days. He was buried on the 14th in the A.M. graveyard, on which occasion D. Wyse, Chr. Freyerberger and Chr. Stucky made appropriate remarks from Isa. 3:10, 12 and John 3:14.
YODER - On the 14th of April, in Newton county, Ind., of measles and heart trouble, Lucy Anna, wife of Daniel Yoder, aged 23 years and 8 days. She left two children and a deep sorrowing husband to mourn their great loss. She was a faithful member of the Amish church and endured her suffering patiently, looking forward with a living hope of blessed immortality. She was buried in Miller's graveyard. Services by D. Hostetler and T. Tschuble.
YODER - On the 17th of April, in Newton county, Ind., of measles and an affection of the lungs, youngest child of Daniel and Lucy Anna Yoder, aged 9 months and 14 days.
SOMMER - On the 11th of May, near Dalton, Wayne county, Ohio, of whooping cough, and bronchitis, Martha, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Sommer, aged 7 months and 21 days. It was buried on the 13th in the Sonneberg graveyard. Services by Chr. Schneck and Jacob Nusbaum from 1 Pet. 1:24, 25.
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MOYER - On the 12th of May in Bedminster township, Bucks county, Pa., of palsy, Mary Moyer, aged 50 years, 5 months and 13 days. She had been helpless for many years. She was buried on the 16th at Deep Run; funeral was largely attended. Services by J. Godshall, I. Gross and Isaac Meyer.
THAYER - On the 28th of May, in Knoxville, Tenn., of
cholera infantum, Bertha May, daughter of Robert and Frances
Thayer. Buried in the Mennonite graveyard near Concord. Services
by H.H. Good, from Mark 10:10.
"Lo, such the child whose early feet thy path of peace have trod,
Whose secret heart with influence sweet, is upward drawn to God."
FAUST - On the 9th of May, in Sharon township, Medina county, Ohio, of consumption, Diana Faust, aged 55 years, 1 month and 7 days. Services by Martin Leatherman, from John 5:25-28. She was buried at Guildford Mennonite meeting-house.
FIELD - On the 28th of May, in Ness county, Kansas, of scarlet fever, Harry Oscar Field, aged 5 years and 10 months. He was buried in the Mast burying-ground.
FIELD - On the 31st of May, in Ness county, Kansas, of scarlet fever, Mary Anna Field, aged 6 years and 9 months. Two more children are very sick of the disease. May God comfort the hearts of the dear parents in their bereavement. They moved here from Goshen, Ind., some time ago.
HEDDINGS - On the 26th of May, in Logan county, Ohio,
Samuel L., son of Pre. Samuel Heddings, aged 17 years,
3 months and 19 days. Buried on the 27th, when a large congregation
assembled to pay their last respects for one who was loved by
Far from this world of toil and strife. they're present with the Lord,
The labors of their mortal life end in a large reward.
LEICHTY - On the 3d of May, near Orrville, Wayne Co.,
Ohio, Caty, daughter of Chr. Leichty, aged 27 days. She
was buried at Oak Grove meeting-house. Funeral services by D.
Hostetler and S.K. Plank, from Mark 10:14.
'I am going to live with the angels so fair, I'll look for you mother, and wait for you there.
Where tears do not flow, and death cannot come, Together we'll dwell in that beautiful home."
MELLINGER - On the 25th of May, in Mahoning county, Ohio, of palsy, Elizabeth, widow of Melcher Mellinger, deceased, aged 78 years and 4 months. She went to bed in the evening in usual health, and in the morning was found dead. She leaves six sons, one daughter and many grandchildren and some great-grandchildren to mourn their loss. Her remains were interred at Oberholtzer's church, on the 27th, in the presence of many friends and relatives. Services by Michael Rohrer and John Burkholder.
PLANK - On the 15th of May, near Smithville, Wayne county, Ohio, of paralysis, Fanny, widow of Jephtha Plank, deceased, aged 78 years, 11 months and 5 days. She was a faithful and consistent member of the Amish Mennonite church. She bore her sufferings with great patience and Christian fortitude, and was fully resigned to the Lord. She was buried on the 17th at the Paradise Union graveyard, in the presence of a very large assemblage of friends and relatives. Services by D. Hostetler and J.K. Yoder from Rom. 5:1 and John 16:16.
WEISE - On the 30th of April, at Evansburg, Butler county, Pa., of consumption, Deborah, wife of George Weise, aged 52 years, 10 months and 18 days. Services by Jos. Ziegler at the house where she died, from Rev. 14:13. Her remains were brought to her home at Westfield Center, Medina county, Ohio, where services were held by Martin Leatherman and Pre. L.P. Gross, from John 14:1-3. May the good Lord help our brother and the rest of the family to bear the sad bereavements in which they are so deeply afflicted. In thirteen months and 2 days time the mother, one daughter and two sons were called away by that dreadful disease consumption. She longed to go home to her parents in Pennsylvania, Jacob and Susannah Stem thinking that she could recover from the feebleness which resulted from her close attention to her dear children, which she had attended in their illness. She was only there a week when she began to fail so fast, that in less than three weeks she died, leaving her husband, one daughter and three sons to mourn their loss. We now hope and trust that she went home to her children that have gone before to sing praises forever and ever.
DARKWOOD - On the 29th of May, near Milford, Ind., Anna, wife of Simon Darkwood, aged 31 years, 11 months and 16 days. Funeral services were held at the Whitehead church, near New Paris, by Pre. Stutsman, Noah Metzler, and John S. Coffman. The deceased was a faithful sister, and a devoted Christian. With the care of a family of little children, yet she was willing to leave them satisfied that the Lord would care for them. Her example of trust in God was well worthy of imitation.
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